Sigfox FCC-certified long-range RF transceiver from Microchip

October 27, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Microchip claims the first FCC-certified – certified also for use in Europe – fully integrated RF transceiver and kits for developing IoT solutions for use on the Sigfox network; the ready-to-run package offers easy connectivity and low-power consumption for devices running on Sigfox’s dedicated IoT network.

The ATA8520E transceiver is the first fully Sigfox-certified chip for North America and Europe and is supported by a standalone evaluation kit and Xplained PRO development boards. It hosts Microchip’s highly integrated ATA8520E, a low-power RF transceiver with an integrated AVR microcontroller. The kits contain the first FCC-certified board that allows developers to connect to Sigfox’s long-range, two-way global IoT network resulting in a low-cost, low-power device-to-cloud connectivity solution.

 

The product is available in two versions. Customers can either purchase Microchip’s Sigfox-certified ATA8520-EK as a standalone kit, designed primarily to test the technology, or as a kit combined with an Xplained PRO board for system-design purposes. Both are dedicated for Sigfox’s IoT network in the licence-free ISM bands. The solutions come complete with the Sigfox library, modulation, ID and PAC code, and a security key enabling IoT developers to help get their design to market. Sigfox is currently operating in 24 countries and registering over 8 million devices in its network.

 

The ATA8520x family offers a lowest power sub-GHz System-on-Chip (SoC) transceiver designed to maximise range and battery life for power-sensitive wireless systems, using 868 MHz in Europe and 902 MHz in North America. There are currently four types of development kits available today for both US and European networks.

 

Microchip; www.atmel.com/products/wireless/sigfox